SCI400 Honours in Science

Updated: 24 July 2019
Credit Points 48
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 On Campus
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 2 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 2 On Campus
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 3 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in BSc(Hons) and approval of head of school
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes

Honours candidates only. Students considering enrolling for Honours in Agronomy, Animal Science, Archaeology, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geoscience or Zoology must consult A/Prof Susan Wilson. Students considering enrolling for Honours in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computational Science, Genetics, Geography, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics or Physiology must consult Dr Adam Harris. All students considering enrolling for Honours should consult the Bachelor of Science with Honours Handbook. After consultation with the unit coordinators, approval for enrolment in this unit must be granted by the course coordinator. Some projects cannot be undertaken off campus.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s)
Unit Description

Admission to honours in any of the Science disciplines is determined by the undergraduate record of the student. A GPA requirement of 5.5 or better in the undergraduate degree; or a credit average across 24 credit points of 300 level units in Science units from an area related to the major/discipline area, is required. The honours year is designed to provide professional scientific development. Honours programs can be completed in a range of disciplines however workloads are consistent. All programs in this degree centre on a substantial research project. The unit comprises:

(i) a program of study which may include the preparation of an essay(s), literature review, manuscript or participation in coursework/workshop and/or seminar presentation as directed by discipline and supervisor; and

(ii) a research project and an associated thesis carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member.

A viva voce examination may also be held after submission of the thesis depending on the requirements of the discipline and supervisor.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 30% 6,000 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

For candidates undertaking Honours in an area other than Mathematics. This may be in the form of a literature review/coursework units/seminar/reading, as directed by discipline and supervisor.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1,2,3,4,5

Compulsory Assessment 1 70%
Assessment Notes

For Honours in Mathematics candidates only. This will comprise advanced-level coursework units to be determined in consultation with the candidate's supervisor.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1,2,3,4,5

Compulsory Assessment 2 70% 20,000
Assessment Notes

For candidates undertaking Honours in an area other than Mathematics. A thesis based on a research project. A viva voce examination, as directed by the discipline and supervisor, may be required after submission of the thesis. The outcome of the viva voce may be used in determining the final Honours grade.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1,2,3,4,5

Compulsory Assessment 2 30% 3,000 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

For Honours in Mathematics candidates only. A research project requiring the submission of a thesis - a viva voce examination, as directed by the discipline and supervisor, may be required after submission of the thesis. The outcome of the viva voce will be used in determining the final Honours grade.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1,2,3,4,5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate through their own practice an advanced understanding of the methods and processes of science as a creative endeavour and that current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry;
  2. exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by: demonstrating advanced knowledge in one or more disciplinary areas; demonstrating the potential to make original contributions to scientific knowledge; and integrating their own research findings with the current body of disciplinary knowledge/paradigms;
  3. conduct a research investigation under supervision in a research or professional environment by: critically analysing a challenging complex or multi-faceted problem, identifying research questions, designing and planning a project; selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools to address a research question; and analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating research findings;
  4. be effective communicators of science by: communicating scientific ideas and research findings to informed professional audiences using a variety of modes; and
  5. be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by: demonstrating initiative and intellectual independence; collaborating effectively; and complying with regulatory frameworks and practising professional ethics relevant to their disciplinary area.